School bullying can be devastating, lawmakers hear

By Carrie Wells
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Sirdeaner Walker was cooking dinner on April 6 when she went upstairs to check on her 11-year-old son, Carl Walker-Hoover, who’d gotten into a fight that day at school and seemed upset.

All year, bullies had been making his life miserable, calling him a “faggot” and threatening to kill him, and when Walker went upstairs, she found Carl with an extension cord wrapped around his neck, hanging from the ceiling.

“What could make a child his age despair so much that he would take his own life?” said Walker, of Springfield, Mass.

On Wednesday, Walker and others came before two congressional education subcommittees to tell them that bullying is a national crisis. School officials, the witnesses said, must halt what they called an atmosphere of complacency that can have devastating effects on children long into adulthood. Full story.


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